Brink’s Company (The) (NYSE: BCO) and G&K Services (NASDAQ:GKSR) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.2% of Brink’s Company (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.4% of Brink’s Company (The) shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Brink’s Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. G&K Services does not pay a dividend. Brink’s Company (The) pays out 38.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Brink’s Company (The) and G&K Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brink’s Company (The) 0 1 4 0 2.80
G&K Services 0 0 0 0 N/A

Brink’s Company (The) presently has a consensus target price of $92.00, indicating a potential upside of 17.35%.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Brink’s Company (The) and G&K Services’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brink’s Company (The) $3.02 billion 1.31 $34.50 million $1.58 49.62
G&K Services N/A N/A N/A $2.85 N/A

Brink’s Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than G&K Services. G&K Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brink’s Company (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Brink’s Company (The) and G&K Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brink’s Company (The) 2.51% 35.15% 6.53%
G&K Services 3.79% 9.12% 4.03%

Summary

Brink’s Company (The) beats G&K Services on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brink’s Company (The) Company Profile

The Brink’s Company (Brink’s) is a provider of logistics and security solutions. The Company operates through nine segments: U.S., France, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Latin America, EMEA, Asia and Payment Services. The Company’s solutions include cash-in-transit (CIT), automated teller machine (ATM) replenishment and maintenance, cash management services, including vault outsourcing, money processing, and intelligent safe services, international transportation of valuables, and payment services. Its customers include financial institutions, retailers, government agencies (including central banks), mints, jewelers and other commercial operations around the world. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s global network served customers in over 100 countries. Its services offerings include Core Services, High-Value Services and Other Security Services.

G&K Services Company Profile

G&K Services, Inc. is a service-focused provider of branded uniform and facility services programs. The Company provides a range of workwear and protective safety apparel through rental and direct purchase programs. The Company also supplies various facility products and services, including floor mats, towels, mops, restroom hygiene products, and first aid supplies. It also manufactures certain work apparel garments that are used to support its garment rental and direct purchase programs. It operates in two segments: United States (includes the Dominican Republic) and Canada. The Company operated from approximately 160 locations, as of July 2, 2016. The Company serves a diverse base of customer locations in various industries, including automotive, warehousing, distribution, transportation, energy, manufacturing, food processing, retail, restaurants, construction and trades, hospitality, government, healthcare and others.

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